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Category Archives: First Day of School

As the first week of school wrapped up, we continued to learn about following rules / expectations and participated in getting to know each other activities.  We read the story No David! by David Shannon.  The students paired up and practiced looking for the rules that David was breaking as we read the story.  After the story, students made David Popsicle stick puppets and retold the story using the puppets.  You can find the No David! puppets here.

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The next day we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Marin Jr. and talked about how letters make up words, and the most important word we know is our name!  Students wrote their name in boxes, cut them up and put them back in the correct order.  They counted the number of letters in their name and wrote the number.

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Then we continued to get to know each other by sharing how many letters are in our name, and saying our favorite color.  Then we graphed how many letters are in our name to as a little math extension!

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Finally, one thing I’ve been really trying to teach my students this year is proper use of shared materials and not wasting.  Students have been learning how to making good use of glue sticks and not wasting bottled glue.  They have been taught the phrase “just a dot, not a lot”.  I gave them a worksheet copied on card-stock where they glued on the dots of the worksheet, trying not to overuse the glue.  To find out more about this idea go here.

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For those of you who are new to teaching, laying out / designing your classroom can be a bit intimidating.  Here are some pictures of what my previous classrooms looked like on the first day of school.  The key is not to put too much up on the first day.  Make enough space to allow for your instruction to guide the displays.  If you put too much up, you’ll find students can be over-whelmed.

2013 – 2014 – K-1 Classroom

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2012 – 2013 – Kindergarten Classroom

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2011 – 2012 K -1 Classroom

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